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Trip List by sarau

Things to do in Las Vegas

Aug 19, 2006  Visited Vegas to see my family, wanted to check out the sites, not a lot of $
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 16 votes

Why spend a lot of money when you can do a lot for FREE?

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Las Vegas, Overton
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Pink Jeep Tours
    Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I took the West Rim Tour of the Grand Canyon. It was a long day, but there are lots of breaks and it takes only about 2.5 hours to get there. A lot is off-road so you can't go in a rental car. The scenery was breathtaking and it was very affordable. I learned a lot about Las Vegas, saw Hoover Dam and even got an extra stop to see a herd of Bighorn sheep at a local park above Lake Mead. They also include a hot lunch, which was filling and delicious.

  • 2. Valley of Fire State Park
    Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada

    Take this quick drive up Highway 15 North and follow the road through indian land until you reach this awe inspiring place. . . it costs like six bucks to get in and you can spend a whole day there, easily. There are hiking trails, a visitor's centre and ancient petroglyphs. The red rocks form fantastic, surreal structures that are very photo friendly. I loved it, even though it was SO hot the day I went.

  • 3. Bellagio
    Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I went to the Bellagio to see the water fountain show that runs every 20 minutes or so. Go at night--the show is more spectacular with the lights. Each show is completely different with different music, lights and water formations. I saw Hey Big Spender and The Pink Panther theme song. Bring a big bottle of water and watch several of the shows. Also, don't miss going up the escalater that is on the south side of the hotel--the view of Paris and Caesar's Palace is fantastic from there, perfect photo opportunity--and it's all FREE!

  • 4. Signature at MGM Grand
    Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I went to the MGM to see the beautiful lions. They have an enclosure that is clear, with tunnels underneath where the lions lay. I couldn't get over how big their paws were or how much they behaved like housecats except SO much bigger! Best of all--It's FREE!

  • 5. Mirage Hotel & Casino
    The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Mirage offers a night time treat--a huge lighted volcano that erupts, I think every hour. It was spectacular to watch, complete with sound effects. . . another absolutely FREE must do. Inside the hotel there is a dome filled with giant plants and an extensive fish tank that spans the front lobby desk. We must have watched the fish for at least a half hour. FREE!

  • 6. O - Cirque du Soleil
    O - Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I went to this show and it was amazing, well worth the money I spent. I didn't go to any other shows, and I am certainly glad I picked this one. I have seen the Cirque many times in many places but I have to say this show was the best of the lot. The reason is that they incorporate a huge POOL of water and diving/synchronized swimming into their acrobatics. Not free, but worth every penny paid. Get as good of seats as you can afford. . . you won't regret it.

  • 7. Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
    Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I enjoyed walking around the Forum shops at Caesar's Palace. They have all the shi-shi places that aren't in regular malls, plus they have some halfway affordable stores you can browse in. Further there are quite a number of restaraunts, at various price ranges and a very affordable deli in the center. Another fun FREE thing to enjoy while in Vegas. . .

  • 8. Boulevard Mall
    Boulevard Mall, Las Vegas, Nevada

    This was a nice, very large mall located on Maryland Parkway off of Flamingo.
    All your favorite stores were there and quite a good selection of clothes for larger women, of which I am one.

  • 9. Boulder Station Hotel and Casino
    Boulder Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Great value for your dollar, especially if you have a rental car. It's located close to Flamingo, which is a main drag that takes you to the Strip. Very clean rooms, well air-conditioned and fairly quiet. There is even a movie theater and kids zone activity center right on site, plus a beautiful, cool (if not huge) private pool. I stayed there during the summer and got an incredibly cheap rate. Worth consideration if you don't want to be right in the center of all the busy-ness of the Strip. Security measures made it a very safe place to stay by myself, too. There are gaurds at the elevators to whom you must present your room key in order to get in after 3 pm.